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Re^2: The significance of 2010-03-16?

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on May 21, 2016 at 01:55 UTC ( #1163710=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: The significance of 2010-03-16?
in thread The significance of 2010-03-16?

My Dad had stroke last week (he's recovering, thanks),

And how many more times will you exploit his misfortune to make a puerile post that completely misses the point of the OP; and every other point made in this thread?

Let me see if I can give you a few clues.

No one was complaining about XP. Someone -- me -- was inquiring why that meaningless number was so different from a count of votes casts on my posts.

The answer, once stripped of the unnecessary wrappings, is: because that's the way the system was miscoded; and there's nothing to be done about it now.

You turning up and posting your misunderstanding, just to say who cares; says one thng. YOU cared enough to post on the subject. Why? For the XP?


With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority". I knew I was on the right track :)
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

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Re^3: The significance of 2010-03-16?
by morgon (Priest) on May 21, 2016 at 03:08 UTC
    Please don't spend any more energy on this.

    For me what you've discovered is interesting and unexpected.

    But I never read your postings because of your rank.

    I read them because of the opinion I formed by reading previous posts.

    And I totally agree that the XP-system could be better.

    But it won't change unless you take the time to hack the PM-code - and I assume you have something better to do.

      But it won't change ...

      Please re-read this thread and come back and point out where I asked for change; or suggested change should occur.

      No '?'; because that is rhetorical. Ie. I didn't.

      I saw something that surprised me; I asked my question; I got my answer. Everything from then onward is my correcting those who simply don't read what is written, preferring to "respond" to something that they simply plucked from thin air.

      I've never given any import to the meaningless number. Historically other people would message me to tell me when I had past some arbitrary power of 10 boundary.

      What I have given some import to over the past 13 years and 22,000 posts; is the response they got -- individually -- in terms of my peers taking the time to cast their votes. This thread started simply because after all these years I became suddenly and sharply aware that the meaningless ranking that I've ignored all this time, is even more meaningless, arbitrary and capricious that I had previously thought. No big deal. For me at least; it changes nothing.

      But, if it is so meaningless & unimportant:

      • Why does the site bother to calculate it?
      • And why with such an elaborate formulation?
      • And why are people expending efforts to recalculate it; correct for historical effects; and derive fairer, more meaningful statistics from it?
      • And why do so many people feel the need to pipe up just to say that they don't care about it?

      Meaningless it is; but boy, for something so meaningless does it ever stir a flurry of comment and high powered vitriol if anyone should question it; or even be misinterpreted to question it. Even when that question is simply: How does it work?

      This thread could have consisted of three posts:

      1. I noticed...
      2. Yes. That because link to appropriate documentation
      3. Okay. That sucks, but whatever.

      That is continues is not down to me...


      With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
      Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
      "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority". I knew I was on the right track :)
      In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
Re^3: The significance of 2010-03-16?
by 1nickt (Abbot) on May 21, 2016 at 07:36 UTC

    Now:

    "No one was complaining about XP."

    Earlier:

    " ... the theft of the recognition of my efforts and contributions for + the last 6 years ..."
    That's not a complaint in your reality?


    The way forward always starts with a minimal test.

      You see those three little dots at the start of your second quote? Let's see how the sentence read's if you include that context:

      Just as well I'm not motivated to come here by their acquisition; else I might take umbrage at [...] the theft of the recognition of my efforts and contributions for the last 6 years.

      Note the emphasised words; note the difference the context makes; note, the absence of the misplaced ellipsis at the end of the sentence.

      See what I mean about people "responding" to shit they make up. And perpetuating a non-argument for their own purposes.

      That's not a complaint in your reality?

      Correct. A tentative supposition about something that might be true if circumstances were different; is not "a complaint".

      Any more "contribution" to make to this non-argument?


      With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
      Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
      "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority". I knew I was on the right track :)
      In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

        You are so full of shit.

        You can apply whatever formatting you want but it doesn't change what you said.

        "else I might take umbrage at the theft of the recognition of my efforts and contributions for the last 6 years."

        The subjunctive "might" referred to the "umbrage" in your diatribe; the "theft" you claimed to have suffered was a statement of fact.

        You just forgot that XP != votes, and instead of looking at the docs, you went on a drunken rant about it. Now you are trying to twist your own words to make yourself look like less of an asshole.

        It's not working.

        (And you can't even see the irony that you, of all people, have replaced your great nemesis as the XP-Whiner-in-Chief.)


        The way forward always starts with a minimal test.
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Re^3: The significance of 2010-03-16?
by talexb (Canon) on May 22, 2016 at 17:15 UTC

    Once.

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.

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